At Willowbrook, getting involved and working for causes which promote our common good is as natural as breathing. As a congregation, we support activities and organizations that help relieve the plight of the homeless, the hungry, and the poor. In addition to financial support, we believe it is also important to give of our time and talents. When we work together, we become part of something that is bigger than ourselves. Willowbrook is an example of God’s love in action.
Ongoing support …
From funds we receive from our church’s annual budget, Outreach primarily supports local organizations:
– Central AZ Habitat for Humanity
– United Methodist Outreach Ministries’ New Day Center
– Salvation Army – Sun City location
– Wesley & Golden Gate Community Centers
– Justa Center
– HART Pantry
– Waste Not
– Heifer International
– Sun City Meals of Wheels.
Outreach also underwrites the costs of those who participate in our district’s annual home-building mission trip in Mexico. In addition, we also underwrite the cost of training for those who enrolled in disaster response training.
Angel Tree Ministry
Angel Tree is a prison fellowship program. Each Christmas, our outreach Christmas tree is decorated with the names of over 50 children. These are the children of incarcerated parents. Gifts are purchase, wrapped and delivered to the child’s home. This simple act of love gives joy to families who might otherwise have little to celebrate.
In addition to money we receive from our church’s budget, we are blessed to receive “second mile” donations. Outreach maintains a jar for loose change donations in Wilson Fellowship Hall. We use these gifts to underwrite a variety of children’s programs.
Food Bank Support
Willowbrook collects food and funds the first Sunday of every month. Food donations are given to the Salvation Army in Sun City for re-distribution while monetary donations are used to support Valley View Community Food Bank. In addition, Outreach designates a portion of its annual budget to support the West Valley Salvation Army Center.
HART (Helping At Risk Teens) Pantry provides weekend food bags to teens who do not have enough food when they are not in school. They also provide school supplies, graduation gifts and Christmas gifts to their teens.
On an ongoing basis, Willowbrook collects toiletries for HART. In past years, we have also collected back to school supplies for the teens.
Habitat for Humanity
Each year, Willowbrook joins the Mighty United Methodist Coalition. This is a coalition of valley Methodist churches who join together to fund raise and build a Habitat home. Through the years, Willowbrook has helped build over fifteen homes in the greater Phoenix area.
Justa Center is a day center for homeless seniors, age 55 and older. The center provides services to seniors without charge or obligation other than a commitment and desire to return to housing.
Twice a year, Willowbrook joins with Spirit of Hope United Methodist Church and hosts a barbeque at the center. We also collect socks for the seniors and bring those with us.
Produce on Wheels With-Out Waste or P.O.W.W.O.W. as it is affectionately called, is a produce distribution market where for $12, participants receive up to 70 lbs of fresh produce. There are no income qualifications – all are welcome. Willowbrook hosts P.O.W.W.O.W.s the first Saturday of the month December through May.
Benji fund donations underwrite our gift to The Army in support of their annual back-to-school clothing drive/school supply needs.
Annually, Willowbrookers participate in the Salvation Army’s Christmas bell ringing program. We usually ring the kettle bells the last weekend before Christmas. In 2018, over $7,000 was received by our kettle bell volunteers.
Sidewalk Sunday School
This is a ministry that focuses on teaching urban children and their families the basic fundamentals of Christianity. Donations received through the Benji fund allow us to purchase 100 Christmas gifts cards for teens enrolled in this program.
UMOM New Day Center
UMOM (United Methodist Outreach Ministries) New Day Center provides homeless and low-income families with food, shelter and tools to build a bridge to self-sufficiency. The New Day Center is the largest family homeless center in the state of Arizona.
Willowbrook participates in the annual fundraiser “Walk The Walk To End Homelessness”. In addition to sending a team of walkers, we are also a sponsor of the walk. In 2019, Willowbrook sponsored the hydration station.
At Christmas, we also sell UMOM Christmas/Tribute cards.
United Methodist Committee on Relief
The United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR) brings God’s hope, healing and renewal to people whose lives have been disrupted by war, conflict or natural disaster. UMCOR provides humanitarian relief and disaster response both internationally and domestically.
Wesley Community & Health Centers
Wesley operates two campuses; one is south-central Phoenix and one (Golden Gate) in the Maryvale area. They provide a variety of programs for children, youth, adults, families, and seniors. Their mission statement, “Together We Empower Positive Change,” is at the heart of all Wesley programs.
Benji fund donations allow us to underwrite summer youth programs at the Golden Gate campus. We also give them back to school supplies donated by participants in our vacation Bible school.